• Jan 1, 2014
Among what appears to be many interests, Brad Boyajian spends much of his time restoring trucks and buses. And among them, Boyajian counts restorations of one of the mightiest buses of them all: the General Motors Futurliner. Twelve of the GM battle jitneys were built for the Parade of Progress in the early forties, nine are known to exist. When one ended up on Boyajian's doorstep in 2002, it didn't come with enough parts for him to be able to restore it - and he planned to cannibalize what he could of it in order to restore two other Futurliners he was working on - so he decided to turn it into a truck hauler that could transport his other projects to shows.

The result is a Futurliner cab with a a 29-foot bed surrounded by a clamshell rear end that encloses the loading ramps, laid over the chassis from a 1978 C.C.C. garbage truck and powered by an 855-cubic-inch, inline-six-cylinder Cummins diesel. The body has been modified with a tilt cab to make engine access easier and the package is supported all-round by air springs rated at 20,000 pounds. It's a four-seater inside, and with the installed air conditioning Boyjian says "It's noisier than it is hot." Other touches include 240-volt flood lights and a train horn.

Turning attention to his other projects, Boyajian is selling his Futurliner - Futurhauler? - for an asking price of $1.25 million. You'll find the listing and more photos at American Movie Trucks for a virtual tire-kicking. Act now and it could be yours, and there's only one of them in the whole galaxy...


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      ShutoSteve
      • 11 Months Ago
      So he ruins one, just because he doesn't have enough money to fabricate the parts needed to restore it? And now he wants to sell it for 1 million? Makes sense.
        axiomatik
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Considering that he was restoring 2 other Futureliners, I don't think the issue was cost.
        John S
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Agreed. This makes me queasy. Its like cutting up a Tucker to make an El Camino-style pickup or something. I see the attraction of a sleek aluminum streamline-style car carrier, but there are a million other vintage bus chassis that he could have used to get a similar result, for a lot less money, without butchering a cool piece of history.
      Autoblogist
      • 11 Months Ago
      Maybe if they restored it to it's original spec, but they didn't. They added led taillights and other modern touches. Those upgrades are no where near worth what they are asking for.
      Tony Akinremi
      • 11 Months Ago
      Give the guy Props for the Restoration and Unique Conversion.
      john96xlt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Wow, great selection of pictures (sic). I've seen more detailed pics and descriptions for a $2,000 car on Craigslist. I guess he figures that anybody with that much cash who is seriously interested would simply come to look at it in person, but he seems to be omitting key pictures and info on the website for some reason, instead talking about a different Futureliner selling for big money at Barret-Jackson.
        Will
        • 11 Months Ago
        @john96xlt
        (Sic) is used when quoting someone and including their misspelling or grammer errors. It says you know there's a mistake but you are quoting them verbatim. I think you meant to convey sarcasm, but that is not what it means.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Will
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      Dave Touchtone
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't think anyone has even read the article. He has 2 other Futurliners and needed the parts from this one, it wasn't complete to begin with. I give him credit. The Futureliner is like a resto mod now.
        john96xlt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dave Touchtone
        I don't think you read the ad: "This is the most complete unit ever to surface and has most the original equipment, exterior and interior trim, shrouds and an original instrument panel."
      Dan Aaron
      • 11 Months Ago
      CRACK PIPE.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Monica Poignon
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hello, just wanted to let you all know that I have an authentic futureliner parade of progress tour poster currently up on eBay. For those of you that may be interested in this check it out! You won't want to miss this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gm-Futurliner-Parade-Of-Progress-Tour-Event-Poster-1953-Sandusky-OH-Streamliner-/151247262496?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23370a1320
      Karl
      • 10 Months Ago
      actually if you look at the future liner dot com website you will see that this Bus b was picked up about 6 or so years ago and was almost complete for some reason they hacked off the back end of this and sold it with a rear and Wrecked one Rec 1 to a guy in Sweden and then Trashed what was left of this bus. not that it couldNot be rebuilt because all of the other restorers ar just using the old metal to make the new templatetreashed
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